Everybody knows the musical genius that is known as Jack White, but get ready to meet Jack White: Children’s Book Author! “We’re Going to Be Friends” revolves around the White Stripes song of the same name.
“Walk with me, Suzy Lee…”
The White Stripes released “We’re Going to Be Friends” in 2002 as a promotional single for their third album “White Blood Cells”. Undeniably one of the duo’s most famed tracks, the single became a major hit. The song’s acoustic ballad and White’s surprisingly sensitive vocals will bring you back to your days of innocence, when the world seemed small and you had everything you needed in front of you. For the last episode of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, The White Stripes came out of hiatus to perform the song as it is one of O’Brien’s favorite songs from the pair.
“Through the park and by the tree…”
Following the late Leonard Cohen’s literary steps, White is penned as the book’s author. “We’re Going to Be Friends” narrates the story of Suzy Lee, a protagonist that appears throughout the band’s discography. Their fifth album “Get Behind Me Satan” even has a dedication to her, saying “Where she may be…” Just like the song, the book follows Suzy Lee on her adventures: “goes to school with her books and pens, looks for bugs, shows and tells, and finds a friend.”
The book’s cover features The White Stripes’ signature colors—red, white, and black. Singer-songwriter Elinor Blake of April March hopped on the project as its illustrator, showing off her Disney-trained chops. Every copy of the book includes a download of the original song from The White Stripes alongside two versions by April March and The Woodstation Elementary School Singers.
“We’re Going to Be Friends” is published under Third Man Books, a division of White’s Third Man Records. The book is available on the Third Man Store, Amazon, and Walmart.
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